The Filmothèque celebrates Audiovisual Heritage Day in October with the first works of Mario Camus

The cycle dedicated to Abbas Kiarostami continues and the ‘Modernity and Fatherhood’ course, taught by Nacho Solana and Guillermo Martínez, returns


The Mario Camus Cinematheque in Cantabria will commemorate Audiovisual Heritage Day on October 27 with the screening of four first works by the Cantabrian filmmaker who gave it its name, made during his stay at the Official School of Cinematography.

They are short works that show the first steps and cinematic experiences of one of the most important directors in the history of Spanish cinema and that the Filmoteca de Cantabria has restored, together with the Filmoteca Española, within the framework of the ” ongoing collaboration” between the two institutions and which meets one of its purposes, that of the preservation of the audiovisual heritage.

The director of the Filmoteca de Cantabria, Antonio Navarro, explained that, in the case of the Cantabrian institution, these are the first works that it faces in the restoration of professional 35mm films.

And he stressed that “this year we want to go further” after the restoration works that the Cantabrian entity already began more than two years ago with the recovery of family and amateur cinematographic material.

In addition to this commemoration, since last year the Day of Spanish Cinema has been celebrated on October 6, which the Filmoteca de Cantabria will join with the screening of “Songs for after a war” (Basilio Martín Patino, Spain 1976 ) .

On the other hand, in October, the novelties, as far as the cycles are concerned, will come from two different perspectives, but similar in their objectives of spreading cinematographic culture. These are two initiatives that seek to bring together the history of cinema “in a close and didactic way” through a proposal organized “with rigor and informative will”.

The first comes from the continuity of the course organized in the first term of the year, “Modernity and paternity”, taught by Nacho Solana and Guillermo Martínez. This activity includes screenings of ‘Yojimbo’ (Akira Kurosawa, Japan 1961), ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (Sergio Leone, Italy 1964), ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (Quentin Tarantino, USA 2009), ‘Annie Hall’ (Woody Allen , USA 1977), ‘Frances Ha’ (Noah Baumbach, USA 2012), ‘Vertigo’ (Alfred Hitchcock, USA 1958) and ‘Fascination’ (Brian De Palma, USA 1976).

And the second of the novelties is “Vanishing Points”, the Santander International Film Festival cycle in which we can see “Filibus” (Mario Roncoroni, Italy 1915), “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (Stuart Paton, USA 1916 ), “The Indian Tomb: The Yogi’s Mission” (Joe May, Germany 1921), “The Indian Tomb: The Tiger of Esnapur” (Joe May, Germany 1921), “The Tiger of Esnapur” (Fritz Lang, Germany 1959) and ‘The Indian Tomb’ (Fritz Lang, Germany 1959).

In October, the cycle dedicated to the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami also continues with “Through the olive trees” (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran 1994) and “And life goes on” (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran 1992).

As usual, children and young people will have their monthly space to see for the first time or re-watch family films thanks to the ‘Filmoteca Júnior’ series, where we can see ‘Paddington’ (Paul King, United Kingdom 2014), ‘The Book of Life’ (Jorge R. Gutiérrez, USA 2014) and ‘Coco’ (Lee Unkrich, Adrián Molina, USA 2017).

In addition, thanks to various collaborations with different institutions, ‘Alcarrás’ (Carla Simón, Spain 2022) will be screened for Rural Women’s Day and as part of the National Cycle of Cinema and Rural Women, and the annual ‘ Women of Cinema’ will present this month with ‘The Volunteer’ (Nely Reguera, Spain 2022).

During the also usual appointment with the La Llave Azul Association, the Cantabrian Cinematheque will screen ‘The Execution’ (Lado Kvataniya, Russia 2021), and in collaboration with the Parliament of Cantabria on the occasion of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Statute of Autonomy ‘Cantabria de cine’ will be able to see ‘Los cronocrimenes’ (Nacho Vigalondo, Spain 2007).

Finally, it will host the premiere of Cantabrian filmmaker Álvaro García’s feature ‘The Winter Hunger’ (Spain 2021), the ‘Hágase la luz’ cycle of Internal noise will bring ‘Sisters with transistors’ (Lisa Rovner, UK 2020) and with its director will present the documentary ‘La place des fraises’ (Maite Vitoria Daneris, Italy 2013).

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